Heathrow to South Africa
Saturday 15, May 2010
South Africa's in the spotlight this year thanks to all things football, but whether you're a fan or not, it's a fantastic country to visit. And if you've never been to Africa before, there's really no better place to start.
What's more, it's only an hour ahead of British Summer Time, so you don't lose any time to jet lag – here's one long-haul trip that still makes sense as a short break.
From wildlife safaris to watersports to world class shopping and dining, it's all here. And the place looks stunning, from cosmopolitan Cape Town and fun-loving Durban to the Karoo wilderness and amazing Kruger National Park.
Some of the other World Cup locations are well worth exploring too – Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg all offer their own kind of South African adventure.
Heathrow Airport offers direct flights to Cape Town or Johannesburg with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic or South African Airways.
More and more travellers think that researching and planning a European city break is half the fun and they're not interested in pre-arranged trips or escorted tours. Self-guided tours offer a lot of advantages but require some guidance and good resources.
With the recent wild fires, disrupting flights and increasing air pollution, environmental quality is a growing factor in attracting tourists.
The hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk has put together a list of the fifteen most spectacular hotel rooftop terraces in the world.